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Today's News

  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    It’s been a while since I’ve taken early morning walks in the cold.
    Not since living in Tucson a decade ago do I recall walking with gloves and hat on when the temperatures were at the freezing mark.
    The only difference is that in Tucson I wore my cowboy hat, and here, in Aiken, I wore my Carolina Gamecocks baseball cap.
    What I thought most about along my walk this morning is how fortunate I am to have a wonderful, brick home with plenty of heat and hot water, and living like royalty compared to those who are homeless.

  • Aucilla Warriors slip past Bobcats

    By Dillon Appleman

    Intern

  • District basketball tourneys ahead for Gadsden girls

    This past week marked the final week of district play for our four county girls basketball teams.  This week the teams will fine-tune their skills and next week is district tournament time!  
    In play last week, the East Gadsden Lady Jaguars defeated Maclay 68-35.  
    Munroe and Tallavana met up on Tuesday night at Munroe, and Tallavana held on for a low-scoring 28-23 win.  Tallavana Christian lost to Liberty County 68-48 the week before.  

  • Panthers cut loose on Tigers

    West Gadsden cruised to a huge victory at home this past Friday against Jefferson County. The Panther’s offense explosion began with a huge dunk by Mark Bradwell at the beginning of the contest. The home team held its offensive momentum throughout the entire first two quarters of play, and took a 37-19 advantage into the third period.

  • Day of service, safer homes

    Designating Martin Luther King Jr. Day a day of service ,as did many across the nation, groups of American Red Cross volunteers traveled door-to-door through a number of Quincy neighborhoods Monday offering households three free smoke alarms and installations, as well as magnet maps for drawing emergency escape routes.

  • BOCC chooses local broadcaster

    County commissioners chose the company that will broadcast the commission’s twice-a-month meetings at their Tuesday night meeting. The matter was among several decided.
    The county will pay Southerland Enterprises of Quincy $1,300 a month to broadcast the meetings on Channel 13 in Quincy, Medicaom Channel 96 in Havana, Gretna and Greensboro, and Brighthouse cable Channel 2 in Chattahoochee, according to meeting filings. The meetings will also be streamed live on the Internet.
    Southerland Enterprises will provide the required equipment and a technician.

  • Reflective surfaces

    Award-winning artist Dean Mitchell unveiled during an opening reception at the Gadsden Arts Center a collection of artworks he said draws parallels between the lives experienced by Native Americans in Phoenix and African-Americans in his hometown Quincy.
    The exhibition, entitled “Dean Mitchell’s American West: Poverty and the Human Spirit,” includes 43 artworks and will be on display at the Arts Center until April 2.

  • BOCC planning for new leaders

    The Board of County Commissioners took advice at a Dec. 15 meeting from the president of the Florida Association of County Managers on how the county should handle the hiring of new county administration once current administration retires in the coming fall.

  • 2015 in Review Law Enforcement

    The biggest crime and law enforcement stories of the year involve the convictions of the sheriff and a former deputy, the county’s biggest synthetic drug bust to date, an accused murderer’s escape from jail and a school official‘s alleged theft of more than $200,000.

  • Gadsden’s graduation rate sees surge

    The number of students who graduated within four years from the Gadsden County School District increased by nearly 10 percentage points in the 2014-2015 school year, but still fell 12 points behind the state average.
    65.4 percent of the district’s high-school seniors graduated during the 2014-2015 school year, according to a report released Tuesday by the Florida Department of Education.
    That rate is up from the county’s 2013-2014 rate of 56 percent, but still below the state rate of 77.8 percent. The state’s rate is up from last year by